KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 2020: Fridays have now been declared ‘Jawi Day’, effective today.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Dr Zulkifli Mohamad al-Bakri said in a statement today that the decision on the matter was made with the support of all ministers in the Cabinet meeting on July 8.
“The government is serious about upholding the Jawi script. I urge all ministries, departments, federal and state agencies, non-governmental organisations and Malaysians to work together in preserving this national heritage,” he said.
Zulkifli said among the initiatives under the move is to use Jawi script in the letterhead of official letters from the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs).
He said the use of Jawi is recognised in the Federal Constitution and entrenched in Section 9 of the National Language Act 1963/67.
The Act states that latin alphabet is the script in which the national language is written, with the condition that this does not bar the Jawi script from being used.